Interview to select a cook for a Highway Dhaba (Restaurant)This week, the Members of ISC would discuss different types of interview. Some Members would definitely discuss various questions which are generally asked in the interview for white-collar jobs. A Member has already described an interview with the aliens. Another Member has written a beautiful poem on the painful bride-selecting interview. So, what can I say on this topic? Let me think.
Last week, I happened to take my lunch at a Highway Dhaba with a colleague. The Dhaba-owner is a very close friend of my colleague. So, we were having lunch in his chamber. When we finished our lunch, the Dhaba-owner asked us to take rest in his chamber. We agreed. In the meantime, he started interviewing a middle-aged man for the position of the cook in his Dhaba. I listened to the interview with great interest. I am reproducing some of the interesting questions and answers for the Members of ISC.
[The interview was held in Haryanvi Hindi; I am trying to translate the proceeding in English.]
Question: So, how long have you been working as a cook?
The middle-aged man: Sir, more than 25 years.
Question: Have you earlier worked in a Dhaba?
The man: Yes, Sir. I worked in a Dhaba near Indore for 10 years and in another Dhaba near Agra for 5 years.
Question: Now tell me if there is any difference in cooking during summer and in winter.
Answer: Yes, Sir. During the summer, we can't store a large amount of semi-cooked food. Further, the use of spices should be curtailed in summer.
Question: How much time would you take to prepare 'butter chicken' for a group of twelve customers?
Answer: Sir, if the ingredients are ready and the chicken is in semi-cooked condition, 'butter chicken' would be ready in less than ten minutes.
Question: Now, an important question. How would you improve the unused food the next day?
Ans: I would apply a liberal amount of garlic and ginger paste. More spice is required to be added to the broth. Further, I would add powdered chili to make the old item palatable.
Question: You seem to be an experienced cook. How much salary do you expect? And what about leave and working hours?
The middle-aged man: Sir, I expect Rs. 30,000/- p.m. I need rest of at least four hours everyday. I would require a leave of 15 days every year in two installments.
The interviewer agreed to the conditions after some bargaining. I learned a lot about the food prepared in the Dhaba and the working conditions of the employees.